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Camtasia 8 advantage – Multiple Video Tracks

Camtasia 8 advantage – Multiple Video Tracks

June 27, 2012 @ 10:42 pm
by Lon Naylor

One of the cool new features in Camtasia Studio 8 is the ability to have multiple video tracks. Finally!

What does that buy you?

For one thing, you can now “layer” video clips on top of each other. If you have effects video clips from Digital Juice or VideoHive.net that have “keyed” or “alpha” transparency, it means that the background of these clips is invisible…thus allowing whatever content or effect that is in the clip to appear on top of the content of the track(s) underneath.

I found a BIG package of these kinds of effects in a Warrior Special Offer (WSO) for a stupid low price. I whipped up this little video in about 10 minutes to show just a few of them:

Since it’s a WSO, I’m not sure how long you can get this package for just $17:

Grab it here==> http://www.screencastprofits.com/tools/motiongraphics

Remember…this ONLY WORKS IN CAMTASIA 8 – not previous versions…

A couple more notes:

I usually find that WSO’s are complete crap. One shining area however is graphics and creatives. You can often get great packages for a steal.This WSO product is not perfect…but there is enough content that I was able to find a bunch of actually useful stuff. For $17? It was a no-brainer for me.

  1. To use the “transparency” clips in Camtasia 8, the .MOV versions are the ones you want.
  2. The product has multiple versions of most clips. Some with backgrounds, some without, and even some WMV versions you could drop into PowerPoint and use on slides.
  3. These are special effectsdo NOT over use these…please!! lol…

Have fun!


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  • Randi Thompson
    June 27, 2012

    Thank you so much. Just ordered this! Would not have seen it if you had not shared it. You ROCK!

  • June 28, 2012

    Just picked it up Lon. Thanks!

    Can’t wait to create these kind of visuals. Where does one get the background music?

    Roz Fruchtman

  • David Simon
    June 28, 2012

    I just bought these and upgraded to Camtasia 8 Do you have any tutorials on how to use them? The imovie tips in the support doesn’t really help.

  • Cecil Ming
    June 28, 2012

    You really are the King of Camtasia and you sure take great care of your subjects!
    Thanks Lon,


  • June 28, 2012

    What a great demo! Thanks so much for putting Camtasia Studio 8 through its paces!
    TechSmith Public Relations

  • June 28, 2012

    Anyone know how Lon’s able to get those clip out effects? Looks like paper cutout.

  • Lon Naylor
    June 29, 2012

    Thanks everybody!

    @Roz – the music I used in in the new CS8 Library – “Backyard Safari”

    @David – no tutorials yet but they are coming. You really just drop the MOV effect clip on a track above your main video content…super simple. Resize as you like to make it fit well.

    @JVerdone – I did it in PowerPoint! Would you guys like a tutorial on that? I think it’s a neat trick…

  • June 30, 2012


    Lon, what a great tip! This is truly a $17 no brainer.

    I would really like to see how you use these with PowerPoint 2010 and then integrate with Camtasia 8.

    Put a course together on using these two softwares with this product, and I’m in!

    Since this is called Vol. #1, I’ll be looking forward to seeing what else is on the way and how you make the best use of them.

    Thanks again!


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  • nen
    July 20, 2012

    Hi Lon, the WSO you recommended said it’s compatible with :

    Q – How do I achieve multiple layering with iMovie, Movie Maker or Camtasia
    A – First you will make your video with your text and footage, render, then re-import and add a layer, render, re-import, render, Rinse and repeat to get a great effect.

    As you can see the answer above said it works with Movie Maker as well.
    your statement said just with Camtasia 8 version only so I got confused.
    Can you explain ?

    Thank you.

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